Just Tell Me
Toots and The Maytals Lyrics


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Just tell me that you really love me true
Then I will know just what to do
Just tell me that you're in love with me
And I will know that you want me dilligently
There is nothing in this world that I wouldn't do for you
There is nothing for you to pray to force me to do
Won't you tell me that you love me true
And I will know just what to do
Because I, I, I, I, I love you




Sing it again
La la la la la la la la la la

Overall Meaning

In "Just Tell Me," Toots and The Maytals sing about the power of clear communication in a relationship. The singer is asking their partner to openly express their love and affection, letting them know that they are wanted and valued. The repetition of the phrase "just tell me" emphasizes the simplicity of this request - all the singer needs is a clear declaration of love to guide their actions and decisions.


The lyrics suggest that the singer is deeply committed to their partner, willing to do anything for them. However, this dedication is balanced by a desire for reciprocity - the singer needs to know that their love is returned in order to feel secure and confident in the relationship. The chorus, with its infectious repetition of "I love you," captures the pure joy and excitement of being in love.


Ultimately, "Just Tell Me" is a song about the importance of mutual trust and openness in a romantic relationship. By expressing their love and desires without hesitation, the singer hopes to create a strong and lasting connection with their partner.


Line by Line Meaning

Just tell me that you really love me true
If you confirm to me that your love for me is genuine, I will be assured and confident in how to proceed in this relationship.


Then I will know just what to do
A declaration of true love from you will provide clarity and direction for me, and I will act accordingly.


Just tell me that you're in love with me
If you express your deep affection for me, I will understand that you are committed to me.


And I will know that you want me diligently
I will discern from your words that you desire me intently, and I will respond to that desire.


There is nothing in this world that I wouldn't do for you
My love for you is such that I am willing to make any sacrifice for you and do anything to make you happy.


There is nothing for you to pray to force me to do
You don't have to resort to pleading or praying to influence me to act in ways that show my love for you. I will do so willingly.


Won't you tell me that you love me true
In a request for reassurance, I am asking you to divulge your authentic feelings for me.


And I will know just what to do
By knowing your emotions towards me, I will be certain about the next steps to take in our union.


Because I, I, I, I, I love you
I want to make sure you understand the magnitude of my love for you, which is why I’m reaffirming it multiple times.


Sing it again
The artist is requesting for the sentiment of his love to be repeated once again for emphatic effect.


La la la la la la la la la la
This repeated vocalization does not carry any meaning- it is purely fanciful, in order to elongate the song and allow the audience to fully appreciate the tune.




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@TheMalmut

Goddamn, this music never ceases to wash away all my troubles, bring a smile to my face, and get get me groovin, however temporary it may be.

@michaelgifford8602

This song in particular. Wow. Toots was incredible.

@empresstashaii

I love this so much,..
thanks Toots.....live for ever tunes....

@mefirstnommelastnom8109

Love this song. I could listen to it in an endless loop... Well, I actually do 😊
The vocals at 2:18 are just brilliant ❤ 🇯🇲🇪🇹

@andrelacoste4974

Brilliant, hapiness in a can! Summer, good people and smiles!!

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What a master sound❤
This is probably the best music ever made🙏🏽 jah bless

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Happiest song... Strength!

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@pepeolivasanchez9945

They just bright like sun, their smiles are stars and moon

@kevuelitamoi884

He was loved by people in my country..all the way from Fiji islands...

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